After hearing President Donald Trump repeat his unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen from him, rioters broke into the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers were voting to certify Biden’s victory. Five died, including a Capitol Police officer. Trump has not taken responsibility for his actions, and the House is considering possible impeachment.
D.C. does not have jurisdiction over the Capitol and other federal property within its borders.
In her letter to Wolf, Bowser asked for coordination with the Defense and Justice departments, Congress and the Supreme Court to develop a security plan for all federal properties. “Consistent with established protocols and practices, it is the primary responsibility of the federal government to secure federal property in these situations,” she wrote.
Doing so, she said will enable the Metropolitan Police Department “to focus on its local mission.”
During Wednesday’s rioting, insurrectionists carrying Trump’s false message about the election pushed past Capitol Police to gain access to the Capitol. Members of Congress have called for an investigation, and the chief of the Capitol Police and the Sergeants at Arms of the House and the Senate have been ousted.
There was no widespread fraud in the election, a fact that has been confirmed by state officials across the country, as well as by former Attorney General William Barr. Nearly all of the legal challenges put forth by Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges. The Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-nominated justices, has also denied requests to hear a pair of cases aimed at invalidating the outcome of the election in key battleground states.